The glamorous Toronto sisters accused of setting up a website to extort the wealthiest men in Nigeria were reportedly MIA for their court date this week.
Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo failed to show up to face their charges of extortion, cyber-bullying and blackmail, according to local news outlet Politics Nigeria. Fellow accused Babtunde Oyebode was in court, but said he had no idea where the Matharoo sisters were located.
The sisters set up the gossip site NaijaGistLive and are accused of using it to threaten to expose the affairs of wealthy men, including Femi Otedola, a businessman whose estimated net worth is $1.2 billion.
Politics Nigeria said the girls recorded "conversations and sex romps with their rich clients" and, after the fact, used a third party to approach them men "threatening them to pay thousands of dollars or risk the release of the recordings/pictures/videos online through their website."
The Matharoos, whose Instagram feeds are littered with photos of their luxury vacations—and butt shots, were originally sent to jail in December and then released on bail for $2,151.
At the time, Global Affairs Canada confirmed to CTV News that it was providing services to "Canadian citizens who have been detained in Lagos, Nigeria."
After they were charged, the duo issued a video apology in which they said, "Most stories (on the website) were sent by close friends or associates of people being written about. The intention was not to hurt anyone or be malicious; the intention was not to extort anyone."
But they are believed to still be in possession of compromising photos, Politics Nigeria reports.
On Wednesday, after their failure to appear, the judge issued a bench warrant for them and asked their sureties to show cause. He also requested the matter be transferred to high court in Lagos.
The case has been adjourned until March.
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